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What’s a Libero in Volleyball?

One of many articles outlining a few helpful volleyball-related terms, to help those new to the game figure out what the heck the rest of us are talking about. Covered here: the libero.

The Definition of a Libero

  • The libero is a highly specialized defensive player who must wear a different colored jersey from the rest of the team in order to make sure s/he stands out.
  • The libero can go in and out of the game an unlimited amount of times; this does not count against the team’s total number of substitutions. The substitutions take place between the 10-foot (3-meter) line and the end line and can take place at any time that the ball is not in play. Although the libero can replace any back row player, s/he can only be replaced by the player s/he replaced.
  • Liberos can’t overhand set the ball from on or in front of the 10-foot line. If they do the ball can’t be attacked above the height of the net in front of the 10-foot line. An underhand set (pass) is allowed from anywhere on the court.
  • When originally implemented liberos weren’t allowed to serve, but a 2004 rule change allowed liberos to serve for one player in NCAA women’s volleyball. A similar rule change was applied to high school and club shortly after.

The libero has had a huge impact on the game of volleyball, especially at the international level. It has allowed for longer rallies and increased specialization, and it’s given shorter players the hope of playing at the highest levels. If you  have more questions about this position, hit up the comments and I’ll try to go into more detail. It can seem really complicated, but once you get going in a game it’s not too difficult to track.

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What does the libero do in volleyball?

The libero is a highly specialized defensive player that gets unlimited substitutions.

What is the libero position in volleyball?

Although the libero can replace any back row player, s/he can only be replaced by the player s/he replaced.

How many liberos are on a volleyball team?

There are usually two liberos are allowed and only one is allowed on the court.

Can a libero serve in volleyball?

Under international rules unfortunately not. Under US rules Libero may serve after replacing the player in position 1.

How many players in volleyball including libero?

There are six at any time including the Libero, however there may be five more plus an extra Libero in reserve allowing the team to have 12 players available on each side.

What is the role of libero in volleyball?

The primary role of the libero in volleyball is a defensive specialist.

Is libero a good position in volleyball?

The libero is the third most important position on volleyball and definitely a good one to train for.

What is the advantage of a libero in volleyball?

The biggest advantage of a Libero is to be a player that can be substituted as many times as possible. It also creates the role of a defensive captain.

Can a libero be team captain in volleyball?

Unfortunately a Libero cannot be allowed to be a team captain in volleyball.

Can libero serve usa volleyball?

Yes at local level and club level Liberos are allowed to serve.

Can you play without a libero in volleyball?

The libero is an optional player and does not need to be in play. This means volleyball can be played without a libero. However that also means that the teams substitutions are limited.

How do you pronounce Libero?

Libero is pronounced in three syllables: LEE’-beh-ro

Photo by Ben Turnbull on Unsplash

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